‘ALL TO PLAY FOR’

Bruce Chikuni

KALISTO Pasuwa’s Nyasa Big Bullets want his men to retain focus despite taking a 2-0 lead over Equatorial Guinea’s Dragon FC in the second leg of the CAF Champions League preliminary round.

The former Dynamos and Warriors coach feels nothing has been decided yet and there is still all to play for.

The Malawian serial champions were knocked out by South Africa’s Amazulu two seasons ago in the same competition after losing on home soil.

Pasuwa is the only Zimbabwean coach in this year’s edition of the continent’s biggest club competition.

He is also hunting with his son, Kenneth, who made his first appearance when they humbled Dragon FC at the weekend.

Pasuwa emphasised the importance of only celebrating after getting the job done.

He also revealed how they won in Equatorial Guinea.

They are expected to land in Malawi today to start preparing for Sunday’s match.

“It’s not a game that we can say we should relax and say we are through to the next round,” he said. 

“We need to do more for us to sail through to the next stage.

“In most cases, we were very solid in terms of how we were defending. We just wanted to see if they could build up from the back and come to us.

“We didn’t want to just open up without observing how they were playing, so I advised the boys not to open up before studying how the opposition was playing.”

Kenneth said he was thrilled with the CAF Champions League experience and he said he is keen to help the club to make a mark in this tournament.

“It was a huge experience for me and I’m happy that we did well away from home.

“Football is a game of surprises and it means we have to pretend as if we don’t have any advantage ahead of this second leg match.

“But, I’m confident that we are going to progress to the next round, everyone is desperate to get the job done,” said Kenneth.

They will meet Democrat Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe, should they get the better of their opponents on Sunday.

Pasuwa’s men are also in control of the Malawian championship proceedings.

They have accumulated 34 points in 17 assignments and, the former Warriors coach seems to be making a good case for himself to win his fifth championship on the bounce.

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